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Exhibit focuses on master's sketches

AN exhibition has opened in honor of Wu Zuoren (1908 - 1997).

Unlike his previous solo-exhibitions in Shanghai, this exhibit focuses on the master's sketches, and how he applied the basics of Western art to Chinese ink-wash paintings.

"Wu is a great artist in merging Eastern and Western art," says Zhu Yi, spokesperson at Xuhui Art Museum. "For six decades, he not only advocated his art beliefs but also nurtured a cluster of future stars."

Born in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, in 1908, Wu studied at the Fine Arts Department of Shanghai Art University in 1927. Prominent painter Xu Beihong recommended him for studies in Europe, and Wu went to Paris in 1929 to study painting. In 1935 he graduated from Belgium's Royal Institute of Fine Arts as a laureate student. He returned to China in 1935 and taught at Central University.

Wu served as president and honorary president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts of China and president of the Chinese Artists Association.

He was widely recognized for suggesting sketches are an important part of traditional Chinese art. He was also praised for his realistic attitude toward the evolution of traditional Chinese art.

Zhu says the exhibit is a great learning opportunity for students.

"The relationship between Western and Eastern arts has always been a big issue in art circles. Wu's artwork merges the essence of traditional Chinese art with Western art techniques. We hope more art students learn the significance of doing sketches through this exhibition."

Date: 9am-5pm, through May 22

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